-Tim Fry, a WLOS television advertising sales representative, was shot and killed Friday. Police arrested and charged Robin Richardson with first-degree murder in the shooting, which happened in Arden. Fry was killed by shotgun blasts to the chest, according to police.
-Taco Temple is planning to be open in February 2016 in the former location of Two Guys Hoagies on Charlotte Street. The new restaurant is the work of John Atwater, the owner of Mamacita’s in downtown Asheville.
–King James Public House is closing in January, reports Jonathan Ammons of Mountain Xpress. The restaurant plans to reopen in a couple of months with a new theme. From Xpress:
Employees were notified last week that they had 30 days to find employment elsewhere as the restaurant’s investors are buying out part owner and Zambra co-owner Peter Slamp, says King James Public House chef Nohe Weir-Villatoro. The Charlotte Street restaurant is slated to close on Sunday, Jan. 10.
The investors include Kirk Boone, the developer behind North Asheville’s Reynolds Village, as well as several other individuals based out of Charlotte. These are the same partners who own the next door butcher shop, The Chop Shop, and who controversially forced out the restaurant’s founding chef, Steven Goff, in April. Goff now serves as head butcher at Standard Foods in Raleigh.
-Jake Quinn has decided he’s NOT running for Buncombe County commissioner.
-Edward Hay, an Asheville attorney and former Asheville City Councilman, has decided he IS running for Buncombe County commissioner.
-Ghost Town in the Sky, the long-running Wild West theme park in Maggie Valley, is getting rebranded as an “Appalachian village,” according to WLOS.
-Pour Taproom is planning on opening a second location in Greenville, according to the Greenville News. The “pour-your-own” craft beer bar has been open on Haywood Road in West Asheville since September 2014.
–Sweeten Creek Brewing is opening Monday, according to Tony Kiss of the Asheville Citizen-Times.
-Whistle Hop Brewing is planning to open on Charlotte Highway in Fairview in spring 2016, according to Asheville Blog.
-Emma Zanetti, a Weaverville jeweler, has an update about her year. Check it:
All in less than a year Emma Zanetti, a local jeweler and silversmith, attended a two month metalsmithing intensive at Penland School of Craft in the spring, completed the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Creative Business Program this fall and had a successful debut at the Big Crafty Holiday market last Sunday and East West Pop Up Shop this weekend. “I still can’t believe how much this community supports its local artists!” says Zanetti. “My experience at the Big Crafty and East West Pop Up Shop was truly incredible and I can’t wait to meet more local art enthusiasts at future shows.”
Emma currently lives and works in her studio in Weaverville, NC. Zanetti’s first line of jewelry and accessories are inspired by a childhood spent trekking through South Carolina lowcountry. Her metalwork is a wearable collection of knots, ropes, and other nautical notables.
You can find Zanetti’s work on her website zanettiworkshop.com and at craft shows around the southeast.